AUSTIN – The United States Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics recently released information detailing state-by-state graduation rates in 2012-13, with Texas’ Class of 2013 graduating at a rate of 88 percent and outpacing the national average of 81 percent. This was the third consecutive year the state’s high school graduation rate eclipsed the national average.


Governor Greg Abbott today delivered his 2015 State of the State address to a joint session of the Texas House and Senate. In his remarks, Governor Abbott laid out his legislative priorities and detailed a roadmap to achieve his agenda. The Governor also announced five emergency items: early education, higher education research initiatives, transportation funding, border security funding and ethics reform.


According to today’s U.S. Census Bureau’s press release ,Texas is a leader in the global marketplace. In 2014,  for the thirteenth year in a row, Texas was ranked as the number one state by export revenues.  Texas exports for 2014 totaled almost $289.02 billion, up from over $279.5 billion in 2014.  The state’s exports outperformed overall U.S. exports, which only grew by 2.4 percent to $1.62 trillion in 2014 from $1.58 trillion in 2013. MORE

Governor Abbott with Women-Owned Business Leaders at NFIB Small Business Day 2015

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott today addressed the National Federation of Independent Business’ (NFIB) Small Business Day Luncheon where he highlighted his plan to make Texas number one in the nation for women-owned businesses. In addition to delivering remarks, Governor Abbott received the “Champion of Small Business Award” from the NFIB and the “Fiesta Medal” from the National Association of Women Business Owners (San Antonio).



Governor Greg Abbott today announced the restructuring of key Governor’s Office divisions to increase the agency’s focus on economic development and job creation. Under the restructuring announced today, the Texas Film Commission, the Texas Music Office, the Women’s Commission and the Workforce Investment Council will now report to the Director of Economic Development. Today’s move is designed to align these divisions under the Economic Development Director so that each of the agencies is sharply focused on advancing the Governor’s job-creation agenda.


Texas Governor Greg Abbott traveled to Edinburg to attend the announcement of a major grant by United Health Foundation to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine Thursday evening.


Governor Greg Abbott today issued a statement following the Texas Workforce Commission’s release of December employment numbers:

“Job creation is the lifeblood of our state – and Texas’ history of strengthening job growth equates to more opportunity for all Texans. The state of Texas will continue to promote fiscally responsible policies that sustain our position as number one in the nation for economic opportunity and give Texans across the state the means to invest in the future of their families.”

Governor Abbott Inauguration

Thank you and welcome to your capitol of Texas.

Lieutenant Governor Patrick, Speaker Straus, elected officials, members of the Judiciary and the Legislature – and most especially, my fellow Texans.

Let me express my deep gratitude to the people of Texas for electing me Governor of the greatest state in America.

For fourteen years we the people have placed our trust in a man I am humbled to succeed. Along with his wife, Anita, he has been a faithful steward of the miracle that is Texas.  And I thank Rick Perry for his unwavering leadership.


AUSTIN – Texas Governor-elect Greg Abbott today announced personnel to fill key staff positions in his incoming administration, in addition to outlining his priorities for the upcoming legislative session, which include education, border security, economic expansion and tax reduction.


Gov. Rick Perry will be in Europe this week for an economic development trip that will take him to England, Germany, Poland and Ukraine. The governor will start the week in London with a speech on Tuesday at the Royal United Services Institute. In addition to holding business meetings in each country, the governor will explore opportunities to expand the export of liquefied natural gas from Texas to Poland and Ukraine.